‘WINTER’ acronym gives health advice


Doctors are urging patients to give themselves the gift of good health this Christmas – and that means being prepared.


Patients across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, are being urged by health professionals to think ‘WINTER’.

As part of the national Stay Well This Winter campaign, the three local NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs):  Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, Bradford City and Bradford Districts are sharing an easy to use acronym of messages which spells out W-I-N-T-E-R.

 

Warm – keep your house warm this winter.

Immunisations – get your flu vaccination.

Neighbours – keep an eye on elderly neighbours and relatives.

Timely – seek advice from a pharmacist at first sign of illness.

Enough – pick up repeat prescriptions; so you have enough over the festive period.

Restock – make sure you have enough food and medicine in the cupboard.

 

Dr Colin Renwick, clinical chair of NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG, said: “At such a busy time of year people often forget to be prepared and look after themselves, so we hope this easy to use acronym will help keep our local residents well.

“We are also encouraging people to use their local pharmacy. Traditionally, we see an increase in bugs and viruses during the winter months and lots of minor illnesses can be treated with over-the-counter remedies.”

Many pharmacies in the district also offer the Pharmacy First service which gives people quick access to a pharmacist who can give advice and support and, where needed, can also supply medicines without the need for a doctor’s appointment. Look out for the Pharmacy First sign at your local pharmacy.

But there are lots of things people can do to stay well this winter, your options are:

  • self-care: look after yourself at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet

  • pharmacist (chemist): for expert advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them

  • GP (doctor): for illnesses that just won’t go away, arrange to see your doctor

  • call 111: if you need urgent healthcare, contact NHS 111 which will help you access the local service that can help you

  • NHS Choices: www.nhs.uk is the UK’s biggest health website, containing a range of information to help you look after yourself and your family

  • A&E or 999: only if you need very urgent medical attention.